|The Malasombra cuvée is made from grapes from a one hectare plot planted 28 years ago . This Certified Organic plot is located in Andosilla on a southern slope which allows a perfect maturation of this long-cycle variety. The limestone soil is covered with pebbles and is shallow. A dry climate (350mm of rain annually) and a lot of heat make it possible to obtain healthy grapes, harvested at maturity. Andosilla is in the province of Navarra, but is located in the D.O. Rioja Oriental (formerly Rioja Baja).
After several attempts to make Graciano cuvées meeting his standards, Luis considers that he has finally found an optimal plot and conditions allowing him to tame this difficult to cultivate chameleon grape whose acidity and tannins can surprise many. The southern orientation allowing a harvest at full phenolic maturity and the use of 500l barrels are two important factors of its success.
As always, the vinification is with indigenous yeasts. The must is macerated on the skins for 22 days and a cold fermentation with the objective of extracting the minimum of “green” (harsh) tannins and maximizing its most fruity expression. After fermentation, the wine is transferred in stainless steel tanks where malolactic conversion will naturally occur.
The wine is aged in used 225 liter barrels for almost a year. Bottling is done without clarification or filtering. As Luis says: A pure wine, without make-up, made with minimal intervention.
Yield: 4000 kg / ha
Bottling date: May 2022.
• Alcohol: 14%
• RS 1.9 g/L
• Total acidity: 5.8 g / L
• pH 3.53
• Free SO2: 20mg/L